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Human reproduction focused on donors as the main protagonists in future identities that are not free from controversy and conflict.
Pages: 294
Dimensions: 17 x 24 cm
In color: No
Rustic: Si


A perspective of assisted human reproduction is shown, that of the gamete donation system, with an emphasis on donors, both semen and eggs. Social stratification, gender differences, xenophobia and commercialism that are contained in the donation of gametes are manifested. The group studied belongs to a western social context where the kinship system assimilates begetting and filiation, where there is a biocentric construction of identity and flexible arguments regarding reproduction. Likewise, the genetic paradigm, present in contemporary Euro-American societies, turns gametes into carriers of identities and transmitters of personal characteristics to offspring. With these premises, gamete donation generates conflicts and tensions in all those involved, donors, recipients and professionals. The donation system justifies its reason for being by giving greater importance to the relational aspect of kinship than to the genetic one; this is insufficient for gamete donors and recipients. Invisibilization, secrecy and secrecy are strategies that make clear the importance that the genetic link with the “child” really has for all those involved in the donation system. Hiding the donation and reception of gametes allows donors and recipients to reinforce and continue living in the current social structure.


Consuelo Álvarez Plaza, has a doctorate from the Complutense University of Madrid, a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Complutense University and a specialist in obstetric-gynecological and psychiatric nursing. Professor of the Department of Nursing at the Complutense University of Madrid. His doctoral thesis was on cultural constructions in the gamete donation system in assisted human reproduction. She has worked on issues of kinship but mainly assisted reproduction, "The search for eternal fertility: assisted human reproduction" (2004), "Multiple maternity hospitals and the unbearable lightness of fatherhood in assisted human reproduction" (2006). The work presented has obtained the Second National Prize for Cultural Research "Marqués de Lozoya" corresponding to 2007.


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